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  • Great article. Thanks - 1/25/2010 4:52:10 PM
    Wonderful article! Thank you so much. All the right advise for me. This one I will print out and put where I can see it. - 1/25/2010 1:50:12 PM
    I was okay with the article until it talked about limiting calories. It should have been more specific. Limiting calories is healthy, OVERlimiting them is unhealthy. The distinction should have been made more clearer. - 1/25/2010 12:11:46 PM
  • What a great article! Plan it, start slowly, be accountable, grow to love it. - 1/25/2010 11:09:41 AM
  • Thank you for this great post! I have so much trouble finishing ANYthing that my husband calls me "the queen of unfinished business." I say I'm ready to relinquish the title, but I keep making the same choices. This is very helpful. Also, since I have fibromyalgia, "putting the pain into perspective" is good advice. Because, the truth is this: there is no such thing as a pain free day for me...I just have to stick to what I know I can do, and take much smaller steps than someone else. What I have to do is put the pain into the perspective of my life now, not what it was like when I didn't hurt. I have never really thought of it that way before just now. - 1/25/2010 11:07:53 AM
  • I am really greatful for the advise it contains.I have found that once I get started doing my exercises I can get into them and feel better afterwards. I went through my closet about 6 months ago and gave all the skinny clothes away. I only kept the next size down. Which I have alot of. But I figuired if I lost more than that I would want new clothes .This program is a really easy one to stick with. I use the meal planner since I am single. I only substitute when I run out of something.Thanks again for the great advise - 1/25/2010 10:34:06 AM
    What a great article, I'm printing this out and hanging it on the fridge! - 1/25/2010 10:05:55 AM
  • This article is very inspiring! I have some things there I needed to be reminded of. - 1/25/2010 9:52:08 AM
  • Actually, it can get to be too late to start, which is one big reason it's important to start now. Very motivating article! Exercise has never been, and is not likely to become, one of my favorite things. My husband is my biggest motivator. He doesn't bug me, but always asks if I'm going today and when I return asks "how was the workout?" - and, he goes to his workout or swim usually 6 days a week. A friend or family member who motivates can be the most helpful tool you have. - 1/25/2010 8:02:58 AM
    This article is simple and true. - 1/25/2010 7:18:41 AM
  • I really liked this article. For some reason in its simplicity it just makes me want to get that exercize! I've had a storm of ideas how to add stuff to my day. I am a runner! - 1/25/2010 4:13:05 AM
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    great article-I, however, do like to keep in mind that I was once healthy and in shape-it keeps me encouraged that I can be there again. I also think it's good for me to keep one pair of smaller sized pants because the impact of fitting into these smaller clothes in a great incentive. - 1/10/2010 6:37:44 PM
  • I want to get back to the weight I was in high school, but for me, that's not an unrealistic goal, since I wasn't extremely skinny then (I'm 5'4", and at the lowest, I think I was about 135 lb). I do want to lose all the weight I put on in college, but my goal is to look better than I did back then.

    As far as planning anything, it's the best I can do to just try to get a minimum of fifteen minutes of exercise in each day, and do more than that when I can. I guess I'm just not into the whole "planning" thing. Just doesn't work for me. - 12/30/2009 2:05:51 AM
    I'm so sorry...guess I'm getting older but WHY plan exercise? Isn't just turning off the TV & doing what should be done, gardening, walking, shoveling snow, cleaning, walking the dog, helping a neigbor enough? What's with all the planning??? Our parents & grand-parents didn't PLAN exercise & they were much slimmer & trimmer than our generation...and they even ate desserts, fully-home cooked meals, snacked whenever & still managed to maintain their weight. I've found..just get be the best advice. - 12/30/2009 12:45:41 AM
  • Great article! My favorites are 8-10 and 13:

    8. Sign up for a race. Itís a goal to strive for and adds a little meaning to your everyday workout.

    9. Run/walk in public. Be proud of your accomplishment. Take in all the sites and be an inspiration to others.

    10. Just show up. Go to the gym, class, or the park. Once youíre there, itís hard to say no. 98% of life is showing up.

    13. Wallow in your greatness. You can exercise to become a better exerciser, or you can exercise to become a better mother, a better father, doctor, teacher, or a better friend Ė or you can exercise to become BETTER. Be proud of that accomplishment.

    Very motivating!

    Elena - 12/29/2009 1:09:41 AM

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